Dubai Global Connect (DGC) has opened its new visitor centre close to the Expo 2020 site. Situated in Dubai South, the new centre was completed in October, as part of the company’s wider plans for Expo 2020. The 4,000 square metre space will act as a showroom and small-scale market space, with products from the company’s three key trade industries: food, furniture, and fashion.
The clean lines and floor-to-ceiling windows of the space are built in a Modernist style, while the raised building (featuring a central trunk and large platform above) gives the build a futuristic feel.
A MICRO-MARKET SPACE AND TRADING SPACE
Mohammed Al Shaibani, Managing Director of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) said: “Throughout history, Dubai's strategic location forged a rich legacy of commerce for the city, continued global ambition, and a decisive role in international trade. DGC was initiated by ICD to build on this history of trade and we look forward to welcoming traders from around the world to our Visitor Centre from today onwards.”
Although space was built for Expo 2020, the DGC may have to wait some time to see the footfall they have anticipated. The global gathering has already been postponed once – by one year, to October 2021 – due to the global pandemic.
FURTHER EXPANSION PLANS FOR DGC
The new visitor centre is possibly the most modest of those which DGC has lined up. With their main base currently in Dubai’s Business Bay, the company already has another development planned in the city. The company is planning to open a much larger showroom and market space in the city, in Q1 of 2023. Once the space is fully operational it will be able to host 3,700 companies and is expected to contribute $ 16.3 billion (AED 60 billion) of annual trade to Dubai’s economy, along with creating more than 10,000 jobs.
Photo Credit: www.dubaiglobalconnect.com
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